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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is.

The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

©2016 Diney Costeloe (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A powerful and moving account of the brutality of war itself." (Tony Benn on The Lost Soldier)
"This book bears powerful witness to a grave injustice." (Martin Bell on The Lost Soldier)

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Repetitive.

The narrators London accent of the characters was incredibly annoying and her German accent for that matter. Extremely repetitive and would explain everything to the T no room for your own imagination.

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  • J L CRIDGE
  • 09-14-16

Girl with no name!

This is a very good book...I was kept interested all the way through! The narrator is very good and portrayed all the characters with different voices which added greatly to the enjoyment of the story.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia G Prince
  • 08-31-16

Don't miss it.

Costeooe captures the emotional rollercoaster of one girls life and bringsntomlife the realities of war torn Britian.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • cecilia stewart
  • 10-01-16

Perfect read

There has been so many books written about WW2 which I always enjoy,but This Book had something else to offer would recommend

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-16

A fabulous listen

I loved listening to this book, with all its twists & turns. I really didn't want it to end

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Katerina
  • 02-16-17

Brilliant story

Excellent story, rich and well narrated. All characters so genuine, fantastic story line. well done

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Maria
  • 02-04-17

Fab

I really enjoyed this book and it had a great story set in the Second World War.
The narrator bought it alive with her different voices.
A fab listen. Really recommend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave
  • 02-03-17

brilliant story

loved everything about the book. couldn't stop listening to it. the voice was good too

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ingrid
  • 11-28-16

I just loved it

What made the experience of listening to The Girl with No Name the most enjoyable?

The love, grief, happiness, all it's twist and turns. Great WW2 book. Can't say to much don't want to spoil anything :-)

What other book might you compare The Girl with No Name to, and why?

The English Girl. Not the same, but still a lot of the same

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I really had a problem with putting it down

Any additional comments?

Just read it

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  • Kat
  • 10-14-16

Great story, not keen on narrator

Great story line, exactly the kind of book I love, however, I found the narrator very stilted. Only kept going because I wanted to find out what happened to Liza/Charlotte

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-17

Fantastic!!!

Wow! What can I say??? What a beautiful, tragic but heart warming story, the Throw away children by Diney Costeloe was excellent & this one was just as or even more so....
Brilliant narration by Bea Holland also & I just couldn't stop listening to this extraordinary story of Lisa/Charlottes life.
I highly recommend The girl with no name, I'm only sorry that I have finished it now & wait with anticipation to listen to another Diney Costeloe novel......ENJOY!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-16

LOVED IT!

The best I have listened to! It really gave me a better understanding of what it must have been like living during the blitz - and you could feel the fear people must have felt. It was a good performance by the reader and I highly recommend this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • kathy quinton
  • 10-11-16

A fascinating exploration of how war affects,those left behind

This Story explores in detail the experiences of the civilian population of London during the War.The reader begins the journey from Germany to England through the eyes of a young girl as anti Judaism rises..There is compassion but there is also the wide gamut of human nature,good & bad! The growth of the young girl into an adult,mirrors change,just asLondon & surrounds are transformed .A very compelling novel well performed.

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  • Chloe Starick
  • 10-07-16

A must listen!

A really wonderful story filled with great characters as it twists and turns and delivers insight into the lives of people during WWII.
The performance of Bea Holland for each character was infallible and highly entertaining.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • Mgrouse
  • 05-25-17

Great voice, interesting story

The voices in this were nicely done, I've enjoyed the book very much. Good story, all the ends were neatly tucked in. The good guys triumph and the baddie is banished, what more could you want?

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  • Alisha
  • 02-20-17

Great read!

Loved this book. What a lovely story entwining many lives. Well written, easy to listen to. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • audieJ
  • 11-05-16

great book loved the book

Just finish the girl with no name. It's about a German girl that was evacuated to London in the second world war. And how she over come some people hating her because she was German. She went through a lot of up and down. This book will make you cry laugh and smile with happiness. 5 star from me.

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  • Kay-Anne
  • 11-22-17

Beautifully Read and Written

The story was really interesting, with great characters who had interesting back stories. However, I did find the end dragged on a little and became slightly repetitive.

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  • Mae
  • 10-31-17

A Lesson in Humanity

I enjoyed this book. Given the sensitive topic, it's good to encourage us to think about the way we treat anyone 'different'. Recommended especially if you are interested in WW11 period. The book gives a very human face to the effects of war.

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  • Scoxy
  • 09-19-17

Brilliance

A wonderful insight of wartime woes and the story of heartache and joy at the end of the 2nd world war in Britain. very enjoyable listening.

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  • Ellie
  • 09-12-17

Needed: a ruthless editor

Writing was clear and the plot followed a logical path. Disappointed in the lack of differentiation between characters: they were all sensible, overly-caring and fair. All of the many female characters were the same. The story was long without needing to be. The ending was not rewarding at all. I would not recommend unless you are under twelve and looking for a book about life in British wartime.